GoFish review, spinning reels with a bait /live bait, bait runner, free-spool function. NZ

GoFish review,  spinning reels with a bait /live bait, bait runner,  free-spool function. NZ

Bait runner, free-spool and live liner reel review. NZ 2018

GoFish, reviews spinning reels with bait/live bait, free-spool functions. Call them a baitrunner, bait-teaser or live-liner here's our five. We've left out line capacity, as they are all about the same size. Number Five may surprise you.

 

1: Penn Spinfisher SSVI LL 6500

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  • Gear Ratio: 5.6:1
  • Lineal retrieve: 107cm
  • Max Drag/Strike: 13.kg
  • Drag material: carbon
  • Body material: alloy
  • Weight: TBC
  • Bearings 6
  • MSRP: $269.95

 

What we like.

  • IPX5 sealed.
  • HT-100 carbon drags
  • CNC cut brass gears (6500 size up)
  • NO anti-reverse 
  • 4 stage quick select live liner lever

 

What could be better.

Could be lighter, but then it wouldn't be a Penn

Summary:

Finally, a good one from Penn! not just for cut bait, but a true live-baiting reel. 

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2: Fin-nor Bait Teaser BT80

  • Gear Ratio 4.9:1
  • Lineal retrieve: NA
  • Max Drag/Strike: 15kg  
  • Drag material: carbon 
  • Body material: alloy
  • Weight: TBC
  • Bearings 4+1
  • MSRP: $179.99

 

What we like.

  • carbon/lots of drag
  • Corrosion protection

 

What could be better.

  • Larger size for big baits!

 

Summary:

A reheated old USA brand, good build quality and value. 

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3: Shimano CI4 Thunnus 8000

  • Gear Ratio: 4.8:1
  • lineal retrieve: 91cm
  • Max Drag/Strike: 10g 
  • Drag material: felt
  • Body material: alloy
  • Weight: 550g
  • Bearings 6+1 
  • MSRP: $349.95

 

What we like.

  • Braid bail ARC spool braid friendly
  • light weight
  • Worm drive, smooth with lots of torque
  • Spool taper for ease of casting
  • Better bearings than D & OC

 

What could be better.

  • All good

 

Summary: 

Thunnus is the only proper/casting braid reel that is heavy duty, 1pc bail for braid/line protection.

Shop for Shimano Thunnus reels

 

4: Shimano Baitrunner 8000 OC

  • Gear Ratio: 4.8:1 
  • lineal retrieve: 91cm
  • Max Drag/Strike: 9kg
  • Drag material: carbon 
  • Body material: composite
  • Weight: 590g
  • Bearings: 3+1 
  • MSRP: $179.90

 

What we like.

  • Simple bail arm 
  • Rigid body

 

What could be better.

  • Saltwater protection for cast components, ok when maintained.

Summary: 

Living off the Kudos of the old 6500B reels, the OCs when maintained are a good workhorse

Shop for Shimano 8000 OC reels

 

5: Shimano Baitrunner 8000D

  • Gear Ratio: 4.8:1
  • lineal retrieve: 91cm
  • Max Drag/Strike: 9kg
  • Drag material: felt
  • Body material: composite 
  • Weight: 615g
  • Bearings: 3+1 
  • MSRP: $249.95 

 

What we like.

  • It comes in a nice box.

 

What could be better.

  • Water intrusion protecion, corrosion is a big issue inside and out. The gears are cast/elliptical which degrade excessively when exposed to saltwater. Handles seize.

Summary:

Buy a Thunnus

 

 

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